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17 Top Foods For a Spring Detox

17 Top Foods For a Spring Detox

When winter ends our bodies are ready for a cleanse. Luckily, spring arrives! Spring brings mineral-rich vegetables helpful for detoxing. Nature does know best! Here are seventeen of my favorite foods that you can easily include in your spring cleansing menu.

Helpful foods for a spring cleanse are usually…

  • Easy to digest
  • Alkaline
  • High water content
  • High fiber content
  • Nourish cleansing systems or organs
  • Full of antioxidants
  • Full of anti-inflammatories

1.  Lemons are the detox fruit, containing lots of vitamin C which helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that’s easily flushed away.

  • Your liver is your largest cleansing organ, and it loves lemons!
  • They are the most alkaline forming food.
  • Main ingredient of Master Cleanse (Lemonade Diet).

    Spinach is known for creating super strength in cartoon characters, but its value for you is in its alkalizing minerals.

2. Spinach is rich in Anti-Cancer and Anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

  • Good source omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Alkalizes the body.

3. Radishes: The sulfurous mustard oil in radishes stimulates the circulation system as well as the liver and kidneys to help with a detox.

  • Great for the skin because of high sulfur, silicon and vitamin C content.
  • A good source of fibre.

    The bromelain in pineapple helps clean your digestion and your lungs.

4. Pineapple helps cleanse and tone the pores in your lungs, which directly affect the elasticity of your lung sacs.

  • Contains the enzyme bromelin, which helps expel intestinal worms from your lung pores.
  • The bromelain is great for digestion.

5. Artichokes are wonderful food for the liver and the gallbladder.

  • They help detox harmful chemicals.
  • Lowers high blood pressure.

6. Nettles are a super detox food that strengthens the liver, adrenal glands and kidneys.

  • Rich in minerals
  • Can ease seasonal allergy symptoms
  • The stinging parts are destroyed during cooking.

    Green tea feeds the liver and is the #1 health drink in the world.

7. Green tea helps flush toxins out of the system with antioxidant catechins, which increase liver function.

  • Is full of polyphenols which produce extra heat in the body and burn calories so you can lose weight.

8. Green Peas can be digested easily and eliminated efficiently.

  • Provide useful vegan protein to substitute for heavier proteins.
  • Rich in anti-oxidents including flavinoids, carotenoids,  phenolic acids and polyphenols

9. Fresh coriander leaves have been clinically proven to remove mercury.

This healing herb:

  • Lowers blood sugar.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol.
  • Improves eye health.
  • Celery burns up more calories digesting than it provides and is rich in fiber and nutriets.

    Celery burns up more calories digesting than it provides. It's rich in fiber and other health promoting nutrients.

    10. Celery has anti-cancer compounds.

  • Active phthalides relax artery walls to reduce blood pressure.
  • Is a negative calorie food.
  • The high fiber assists colon cleansing and weight loss.
  • proven to protect liver cells from the damaging effects of alcohol and other toxins.
  • Are a good source of easy to digest protein.
      11.  Sesame seeds are full of amino acids called methionine and tryptophan, which helps the liver and kidneys to function and detox effectively. 

  • 12. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that increases anti-inflammatory enzymes in the liver.

  • Turmeric powder has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
  • Improves Phase II liver detoxification. Reduced Phase II detoxification is associated with environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia and CFS.
  • Helps detoxify the blood.
  • High content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins.
  • Helps keep blood pressure low because of its high potassium content by opening up blood vessels.
  • 13. Cabbage activates detoxifying enzymes in the liver.

     

    Coming soon to a lawn or a garden near you! Dandelion roots and leaves feed the liver and help assist cleansing.

    14.  Dandelions are a powerful food to detox the liver.
  • Coming soon to a lawn or a garden near you! Dandelion roots and leaves feed the liver and help assist cleansing.
  • Stimulates the digestive juices, helping the digestion of fats.
  • Contains 48 substances that support your body to detox naturally.
  • Dandelion greens are best in the spring before they get too bitter in the summer.
  • My own story how detoxing saved my life.
  •  

    15.  Citrus Fruits are high vitamin C needed to make glutathione which feeds liver.

  • Reduces mucous.
  • High amounts of pectin which is good for cleansing.
  •  

    16. Asparagus helps cleanse the kidneys, and reduce water retention.

  • Contains inulin which promotes the growth and activity of friendly bacteria in the intestines making it difficult for unfriendly bacteria to grow.
  • Food highest in glutathione, an important anti-carcinogen.
  • 17.  Garlic: Antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-cancer, garlic can clearly be named a powerfood.

  • Garlic contains specific antioxidants and substances that play an important role in natural detoxification.
  • Also: Raw veggies are highly alkalizing and high in fiber, which helps cleanse the colon. Plus high sulphur vegetables (onions, carrots, artichoke, asparagus, kale, and beets) helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals.

    Our environment is toxic but we can deal with that.

    Want To Learn More About Spring Cleanses?

  • Best time to detox.
  • Different kinds of detoxes.
  • Foods and activities essential for a detox.
  • Advanced detoxes.
  •  

    This post was part of a one hour video training called How To Detox With A Spring Cleanse. You can watch it here.

    Get Ready Get Set: Eat your cleansing foods for a gentle DETOX!

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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3:08AM PDT on Jun 11, 2014

Some of these are sooo good, others, not so much!!

I did not know you could eat dandelions. I always considered them a weed and pulled them out and threw them in our yard waste!

9:25AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Yum green smoothie recipe:
http://www.honeydustblog.com/recipes/how-to-make-a-kick-ass-green-smoothie

7:01AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Great post. Definitely need to have some of these pretty soon, haha. Thanks for sharing!

6:21AM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Never tried dandelion.

6:41AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Natural is best.

6:39AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Pineapple looks delish

4:41AM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Wonderfull, and all natural!

9:13AM PDT on Mar 31, 2014

Once again this is just to great.

12:56PM PDT on Mar 30, 2014

Great ideas. Thanks.

6:27PM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

Excellent! My son is in town visiting me this week and I know he needs detoxing! And,yeah I do too, I can feel the winter's ickies in me.

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